Break ups: Making Them Legal

Not every break up needs to be legal, but if property and/or children are involved, getting help from a divorce solicitor in London can take some of the sting out of a painful situation. There does not have to be a marriage or civil partnership, or even a divorce. A solicitor can make even informal separations easier, especially if they lead to something more official in the future.

Finding a good divorce solicitor in London may be like a daunting task. Many of them, such as Saracens Solicitors in the West End, are members of Resolution, a lawyer’s organisation with a code of practice to work in a non-confrontational, constructive way to create a win-win situation from a divorce or separation.

Separation agreements

Most divorces start with a separation, indeed proof of how long a couple has been separated is often part of divorce proceedings on certain grounds. One way to get divorced is by proving the couple has been separated for at least two years, and a separation agreement offers proof of this.

A separation agreement lists and details the rights and responsibilities of each partner. These could include child and animal care, who gets to stay in the family home, who must live elsewhere, who pays the mortgage.

Getting a separation agreement with a divorce solicitor in London can help if, later down the line, a once-amicable separation turns into a heated, contested divorce. Only a solicitor is qualified to advise on legal matters.

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There are several grounds that can be used for divorce. They are:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Being separated for more than two years in the past 2.5 years
  • Being separated for more than five years.

The divorce solicitor can advise on the most suitable grounds and also help with the paperwork required for each stage of the divorce process. The first step is to apply to the court for a divorce, which involves producing various legal documents such as the marriage certificate. This costs £550.

If no one defends the petition for divorce, the next stage is to apply for a decree nisi, and the divorce is final when the decree absolute comes through.

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